Is pleural effusion drainage safe in patients on mechanical ventilation?

Updated: Dec 28, 2018
  • Author: Kamran Boka, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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A meta-analysis and systemic review of 19 observational studies determined that pleural effusion drainage in patients on mechanical ventilation is safe and appears to improve oxygenation. [42] No data supported or refuted claims of beneficial effects on clinical outcomes, such as duration of ventilation or length of stay.

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